Whether you have your own full-scale supplement line or a few standalone products, there’s a good chance that you’ve dealt with this all too common question at least once: Is it better (read: more cost effective, timely, and generally beneficial) to manufacture dietary supplement products in the U.S. or overseas? Continue reading
Saw Palmetto for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
This Research brief is summarized from a published clinical study. All the information and statistics cited below were taken directly from the original publication piloted by Stephen Bent, M.D., Christopher Kane, M.D., Katsuto Shinohara, M.D., John Neuhaus, Ph.D., Esther S. Hudes, Ph.D., M.P.H., Harley Goldberg, D.O., and Andrew L. Avins, M.D., M.P.H. NutraScience Labs has restructured or paraphrased some sections of this brief in an attempt to more succinctly summarize the research.
Using widely accepted outcome measures and a matched placebo capsule, a randomized, double-blind trial was conducted to determine the efficacy of saw palmetto for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Continue reading
Lutein + Zeaxanthin and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Randomized Clinical Trial
This Research brief is summarized from a published clinical study. All the information and statistics cited below were taken directly from the original publication authored by the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Research Group. NutraScience Labs has restructured or paraphrased some sections of this brief in an attempt to more succinctly summarize the research.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, accounts for more than 50% of all blindness in the United States. Although intraocular drugs that inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor are currently available for treatment of neovascular AMD, no effective therapies are proven for atrophic AMD. Continue reading
NutraScience Labs “Wraps Up” Holiday Season Food Drive, Donates 669 Pounds of Goods to Island Harvest
NutraScience Labs wrapped up its annual holiday season food drive earlier this month. Its employees collected and donated 669 pounds worth of canned food and non-perishable goods that will be distributed by Island Harvest to food pantries, soup kitchens or other non-profit organizations that offer feeding services to Long Island families throughout the holiday season. Continue reading
Five Branding Mistakes Nutraceutical Companies Must Avoid Making
Believe it or not, most nutraceutical companies are little more than their brand. It’s hard to patent your product and you’re required by law to list the ingredients on the label. So everyone in the world, including your competitors, knows what’s in it.
While your formula matters, most manufacturers have product development specialists that are pretty good at reverse engineering even the most exotic ingredient and flavor combinations. So no matter how clever you are, you might not be as far ahead of the pack as you think.
A good formula is essential, but not sufficient for real differentiation. It has to be partnered with a marketing strategy that hits the right people at the right time.
Think of the most successful products you want to emulate. Chances are there are plenty of similar products out there that do the same thing.
People don’t buy health supplements because of what’s inside the bottle. They buy them because they want to address a certain issue or issues.
Knowing who these people are, what issues they’re trying to target,how your product presents a solution, and how you’re going to reach these people is the essence of branding. With good branding you can make lots of other mistakes and still be okay.
So with that being said, Jonathan Bechtel from Health Kismet has compiled the 5 branding mistakes owners of nutraceutical companies must avoid making. Go ahead and download your free tip sheet now.
The Controversy Over Vinpocetine and Picamilon – What You Need To Know
Perhaps you have recently read or heard that Claire McCaskill, senior United States Senator from Missouri and the ranking member of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, has called for the FDA to suspend sales of supplements containing the cognitive enhancers vinpocetine and picamilon, pending an investigation. If you’re wondering what this is all about, read on.
Senator McCaskill’s Position
According to Nutraingredients-USA.com 1, Senator McCaskill stated that DSHEA prohibits synthesized nutraceuticals, such as vinpocetine and picamilon, from being included in dietary supplements. Nevertheless, the FDA acknowledged vinpocetine’s status as a new dietary ingredient (NDI) back in the late 1990s—and this nutraceutical is currently used in over 350 supplement brands. The same is not true of picamilon, and it seems that this nutraceutical has no legal status for inclusion in dietary supplements. Apparently, Senator McCaskill’s contention is that:
- The FDA needs to provide copies of NDI material and adverse event reports associated with either vinpocetine or picamilon.
- She also requested that the FDA take action to immediately cease the sale of dietary supplements containing these nutraceuticals.
Weight Management Supplements: The “Cold Truth” Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail
According to a study published earlier this year by The Nielsen Company, the top two New Year’s resolutions people make are related to staying fit and healthy, and losing weight. 1
The irony is that January 1st is smack dab in the middle of winter, when physical activity actually declines. In fact, one study 2 found the total amount of calories burned from leisure-time physical activity (i.e. exercise) was much lower during the winter and fall, compared to spring and summer:
NutraScience Labs’ Vice President Interviewed By Nutritional Outlook, Shares Thoughts On Capsule Manufacturing Industry
Over the years, NutraScience Labs has developed a reputation within the dietary capsule manufacturing industry for consistently being on the cutting-edge of the latest technology and trends. So, when it came to selecting a trustworthy source for their latest article entitled, “Dietary Supplement Capsules Challenges and Trends”, it made sense that Nutritional Outlook Magazine contacted our very own Vice President of Contract Manufacturing, Vincent Tricarico, to get his thoughts.
Give Your Customers the Gift of a Healthy Immune System This Holiday Season
- The immune response isn’t as effective during the colder months (compared to warmer months.) 1
- Chronic stress (prevalent during the holidays) can cause almost all measures of immune system function to drop across the board. 2
- A poor diet (not unusual during the holidays) can compromise immune response. 3
Of course the last thing you want is for your immune system to be weakened during the holidays, yet this is all too often the case and may result in the upper respiratory tract function at a less than optimal level. 4 However, there is something that can be done to help. It’s called beta 1,3/1,6 glucan. Continue reading
The Role of Whey Protein in Elderly/Obese People in Increasing Muscle Mass and Decreasing Adipose Tissue
This Research brief is summarized from a published clinical study. All the information and statistics cited below were taken directly from the original publication piloted by Coker, et al.1 NutraScience Labs has restructured or paraphrased some sections of this brief in an attempt to more succinctly summarize the research.
The elderly population is particularly prone to the accelerated loss of muscle mass or sarcopenia with advancing age which is further complicated by the combined influence of physical inactivity and poor nutrition that often accompanies the aging process. Continue reading